Further delay in case of teacher caught with indecent images

A Borders biology teacher who was found with more than 1,300 indecent images of children on his home computer will need to wait until next year to learn his fate.

A proof in mitigation hearing was addressed by a defence expert giving the view that Andrew Beattie did not represent a risk to the public.

But a second doctor will be required to give evidence on February 20 when an up-to-date social enquiry report will be available.

After the 61-year-old’s offending came to light, two former pupils came forward to say he had indecently assaulted them during the 1990s.

Beattie – a teacher at Selkirk High School for 30 years – previously pleaded guilty to having the indecent images of children at his home in Hawick, on May 14 last year.

He also admitted indecently assaulting a 14-year-old boy while working as a teacher at the secondary school between April and August 1991 and also performing a sex act on a 15-year-old male pupil between April 1995 and May 1996.

A previous court hearing was told how a joint operation run by Lincolnshire Police and the Child Protection Centre led to an email address used by Beattie to download indecent images of children.

A credit card also linked him to a website.

On May 4 last year police officers attended at Selkirk High School where Beattie was working as a teacher and detained him before searching his home.

The court was told that the bedroom computer hard drive was examined and 444 level one – the least serious – images were found showing young boys posing provocatively.

There were also 102 images at level two showing multi-participants in images and movies ranging in age from 10 to 14 years.

At level three 406 images were found showing young boys and adult males engaging in non-penetrative sexual acts.

There were also 439 images at level four showing young boys and adult males in penetrative sexual acts as well as images and movies between children with some just a few years old.

Following local publicity about the case two former pupils came forward to say they had been indecently assaulted by the teacher.